Guided by the philosophy that meaningful education must cultivate the imagination and instill an appreciation for learning as an engaging, joyful pursuit, The Common School creates a safe and stimulating atmosphere for learning that encourages children to trust in themselves and others, honor differences, question, take risks, collaborate, assume responsibility, and discover individual areas of strength and interest.
As progressive educators, our teachers respect children’s individual differences, recognize their natural curiosity and capacity for growth, and are committed to authenticity in the activities that shape their learning. A curriculum organized around thematic, in-depth studies integrates many aspects of the classroom experience, with opportunities for rigorous inquiry, hands-on exploration and creative expression, quiet reflection, celebration and play.
- School Founded in 1967
- Enrollment: 115
- Common School families come from Amherst and more than a dozen communities across the Pioneer Valley
- Children of color represent about 28% of the student body
- More than 35% of students receive financial aid; average award is 40% of tuition
- Faculty and Staff: 32
Students are grouped in six mixed-age classes:
Two Nurseries (age 3-5)
Primary 1 (age 5-6, Kindergarten)Primary 2 (age 6-8, First and Second Grade)
Elementary 1 (age 8-10, Third and Fourth Grade)
Elementary 2 (age 10-12, Fifth and Sixth Grade)
Special Programs: Music, Library, PE, Spanish
The Common School is accredited by the Association of Independent Schools of New England and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. The Common School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, religion or national or ethnic origin in the administration of its admission policies, educational programs, hiring practices, financial aid or other school-administered programs.